For aspiring entrepreneurs, it's easy to look at key examples like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for inspiration. Though lesser known, Canada is also home to a number of successful entrepreneurs who have made it big in a variety of fields.
To compile this list, we used the Canadian Business guide to "Canada's Richest People," and narrowed it down to entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for a future article on the top female entrepreneurs in Canada.
From the co-founder of Uber to the guy who brought Walmart to Canada, here are 14 of Canada's richest entrepreneurs who will inspire you to quit your day job.
Source of Wealth: Co-Founder of Chinese e-commerce startup Alibaba
Fortune: $5.9 Billion
Location: Currently Hong Kong
Source of Wealth: Co-Founder of web-discovery platform StumpleUpon and co-founder of Uber (nbd)
Fortune: $5.3 Billion
Location: Born in Calgary, currently residing in San Francisco
Source of Wealth: Cofounded PokerStars
Fortune: $4.1 Billion
Location: Born in Israel but moved to Toronto at age 13. Scheinberg currently lives in the Isle of Man.
Source of Wealth: Founder of the Jim Patterson Group, which includes chains like the Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Fortune: $5.6 Billion
Location: Born in Saskatoon, currently resides in Vancouver.
Source of Wealth: First president at eBay, founder of production company Participant Media and investment firm Capricorn Investment Group
Fortune: $5.5 Billion
Location: Born in Montreal, currently resides in Woodside, California.
Source of Wealth: Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apotex, a pharmaceutical company.
Fortune: $4.62 Billion
Source of Wealth: Chairman of PCCW and Chairman of PCCW's Executive Committee. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive of the Pacific Century Group, Chairman of Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited (PCPD), Chairman of PCPD's Executive Committee and Chairman of Singapore-based Pacific Century Regional Developments Limited.
Fortune: $4.44 Billion
Location: Hong Kong
Source of Wealth: Founder of Lululemon Athletica and Kit & Ace
Fortune: $2.92 Billion
Photo: Youtube (Shnaider at right)
Source of Wealth: Co-founder of the Midland Group
Fortune: $2.85 Billion
Location: Born in Leningrad, Russia, currently resides in Toronto.
Source of Wealth: Founder of Mattamy Homes
Fortune: $2.71 Billion
Source of Wealth: Founder of the Jean Coutu Group, a chain of pharmacies.
Fortune: $2.7 Billion
Source of Wealth: Founder of Smartreit and credited with bringing Walmart to Canada.
Fortune: $2.85 Billion